Company

Like all good technology companies, Noble Biomaterials was born out of a need, out of a void in the market. While silver had been used for preservation and healthcare for thousands of years, its powerful antimicrobial effects were not being used for consumer apparel. Two like-minded entrepreneurs decided to change that. Joel Furey and Bill McNally founded Noble in 1997 as an intelligent materials company focused on selling silver fiber technology for its antimicrobial properties. After spending two years developing the technology and conducting clinical testing for use in medical devices, the first commercial success came in the form of a product application they themselves needed: a no-stink antimicrobial sock liner for hiking and skiing. It ended up winning a Backpacker Magazine Editor’s Choice Award and the Noble’s technology—and the company—took off.

Joel Furey, Noble Biomaterials co-founder.

In less than 25 years, Noble has grown from a company with one humble product to a multinational life-sustaining business, exempt from shutdown during the pandemic because of its status as an essential sole-source technology supplier of medical components and antimicrobial products to the US Military and healthcare industry.

Noble is registered as a medical device manufacturing facility by the US FDA, has numerous 510(k) medical device clearances, and is a manufacturer of several EPA-approved antimicrobial products. Noble’s products are used in hospitals, burn care centers, military installations, and US embassies throughout our country and around the world. Companies such as 3M, Ansell, Northrop Grumman, Athleta, and the US Army and Special Forces, among others, rely on the mission-critical products manufactured by Noble Biomaterials. Noble is proud to support safety and care for hospitals and healthcare workers during the current crisis and companies are responding; sales in infection prevention textiles are up 356% year over year.

The anti-odor business that the company was originally founded on is thriving as well. Between brands like lululemon, Athleta, Anta, Mack Weldon and others, consumers have bought tens of millions of products with Noble’s antimicrobial technology. Recent events have educated people everywhere on fabric hygiene and now consumers are demanding products that offer another layer of protection.

From a sock liner to mission-critical antimicrobial and conductive components for the healthcare and military sectors, Noble Biomaterials has really become the Intelligent Materials Company it set out to be.

Senior Leadership Team

JEFF KEANE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jeff Keane joined Noble in 2005 and has more than 35 years of management experience building brands and profitably growing companies. Keane began his career working for some of the best-known marketing and consumer product companies, including General Mills and Con Agra/National Foods, working on brands such as Betty Crocker and Hebrew National. Since 1995, Keane has served in executive roles at Playtex Family Products, Miami International, and Schrieffer & Somerset. Keane received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

JOEL FUREY, FOUNDER & CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Joel Furey co-founded Noble Biomaterials in 1997. He has more than 25 years of commercial and operational management of high growth start-up and early stage organizations, such as export management company Pathways International, start-up toy manufacturing company Toy Vision, and gift food manufacturing specialist Pelican Bay Ltd. In just over 20 years, Furey has built Noble into a global leader of intelligent materials, supplying mission-critical products to healthcare, consumer, military, and aerospace companies. Furey graduated with a degree in Economics from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

TOM BROSS, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Tom Bross joined Noble in 2014 and has more than 17 years of corporate finance, accounting, operations and strategy consulting experience for global firms that span from Fortune 500 to early-stage technology startups. Bross began his career at The Boeing Company before moving into strategic planning and management consulting roles at KPMG, and Thomson Reuters. Bross received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from King’s College and an MBA from Villanova University.

STEVE MATTHEWS, EVP MANUFACTURING & OPERATIONS

Steve Matthews has more than 25 years of experience in operations and supply chain management, accelerating transformation using Agile, Lean and Six Sigma tools. Before joining Noble, Matthews was the Executive Vice President of Operations at chemical manufacturer and distributor Hawkins, Inc. Prior to Hawkins, he was a Regional General Manager in the Paperboard Converting Division of Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions. Matthews spent a total of fifteen years during two different periods at General Electric in a variety of engineering, Six Sigma, supply chain and plant leadership positions in the Plastics, Aircraft Engines, Lighting and Water divisions. From 2005-2008, Matthews was a Corporate Global Supply Chain Engagement Leader with Ingersoll Rand, a global diversified industrial company.  Matthews has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.

ALISON TSUI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN

Alison Tsui has nearly 20 years of experience in commercial management, marketing, and strategic supply chain management at regional and global levels. Tsui joined Noble as a marketing intern and has been a part of Noble’s transformation from a small startup to what the company is today. Tsui opened Noble’s Asia operations and transformed its presence there. Tsui received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from University of Scranton.

STEVE MILNER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES

Steve Milner, who has spent his career working in the European textile industry, is SVP of Sales for the EMEA region. Milner works with all consumer, healthcare, and military customers but specializes in Noble’s infection prevention fabrics and wound care materials. Prior to joining Noble Biomaterials Inc. in February 2008, Milner was Sales Director at Toray Industries, where he first encountered Noble Biomaterials. During his time at Toray, Milner was instrumental in the development and successful launch of the See it SAFE® brand, a range of antimicrobial textiles powered by X-STATIC®. Milner ran his own textile agency and converting companies for many years before joining Toray in 2005 and has also held managerial roles within Courtauld Group companies.

BENNETT FISHER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES

Bennett Fisher, SVP of Sales concentrating in Military, Healthcare, and Conductive markets, has more than 25 years of management experience in the textile and technical textile fields. In 2013, Fisher joined the Noble Biomaterials, Inc. team as General Manager and Director of the Conductive Fabrics business unit; his expertise in technical sales and marketing have aided in the growth of the company and Circuitex® brand. Prior to Noble, Fisher co-founded Carolina Silver in 2006, a company focused on technical textiles including conductive applications. In 2003, Fisher joined a team to create Carolina Silver Technologies, a start-up company providing fabrics to the healthcare field. Fisher began his career in textiles working for Carolina Mills, Inc in 1993. Fisher has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Appalachian State University.

IAN PUND, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES

Ian Pund has more than 20 years of experience in sales, sales leadership, and complex account management with global brands such as Nike, Adidas, The North Face, lululemon and GAP brands. Though seasoned in working with large companies, Pund also has a passion for partnering with small, innovative brands to help them grow. In addition to managing accounts at Noble Biomaterials, Pund also manages inside sales, customer service, and US sales agents. Prior to Noble, Pund was a Global Accounts Manager at W.L. Gore and Associates. In 2013, he was given the “40 Under 40 Award” for his work at Gore by Sporting Goods Business. Pund graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Puget Sound.


Locations

Noble Biomaterials is a global company with a presence in four continents. For more information, click here.


R & D

Noble’s technologies are highly sought after by leading global innovators that rely on the highest quality components to deliver game-changing product performance.

At the heart of the Noble Biomaterials’ Research and Development is the commitment to developing innovative technologies that exceed expectations of our customers and the end users of these products.

Noble Biomaterials has invested significant capital in its state-of-the-art production assets to develop world-class R&D and application development capabilities, supported by a dedicated and talented group of scientists.


Regulatory

Noble Biomaterials is a registered FDA medical device facility, an essential sole-source technology supplier of medical components to the US military, and a US EPA–registered antimicrobial manufacturer. Noble products are EPA, FIFRA, BPR, and CE conforming.

While our materials are registered and conforming, the brand making the finished product is responsible for following local regulatory guidelines in marketing and advertising. Every country has different regulatory laws that we encourage our partners to follow when incorporating our materials into their products.

Noble Biomaterials has a full-time director to help provide assistance on how to work within the guidance provided by your local regulatory body. For more information on our Regulatory department, please email Terry Walmsley, Director of Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability.


Technical Support

Customer satisfaction is our top priority. Noble Biomaterials is committed to strengthening our customer relationships and being a force behind our customers’ success. We offer comprehensive technical assistance to our customers and we pride ourselves on always being available to provide the data and information that customers need to succeed.

To get in touch with a technical support expert, please email the customer support director in your region:
Asia: asiasupport@noblebiomaterials.com
Europe: eusupport@noblebiomaterials.com
North America: nasupport@noblebiomaterials.com


Press

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Michael McMullan
Managing Director, Berns Communications Group
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